How to Respond to Tragedy

For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” Romans‬ ‭15:3‬ ‭ESV

This weekend my wife and I watched in horror as the situation in Baton Rouge got continually worse.

It seems that now we are left with the monumental task of rebuilding. I say we, because all of our family, friends, and history are there in Baton Rouge.

It was such a helpless feeling to hear report after report and not be able to do anything.

How do we respond in situations like this? Our verse for today gives us insight on how Christ responded and would have us respond. Jesus willingly took the reproach of sin that we all carried and bore it on his own back.

Jesus was the ultimate example of empathy. He took a burden that was certainly not his and made it his own. What an amazing Christ!

When it comes to those who have been affected by the flooding, it is our job from the outside to ask the Lord Jesus for the empathy He has for every person who is hurting. This empathy, will empower us to be involved and serve at a level that is far beyond our own ability.

It is our human nature to put distance between tragedy and our own personal lives. The way of the cross is the total opposite!

It actually binds us together with the hurting and the pain of those who are in the midst of great suffering.

Takeaway: do you feel the empathy of Christ for those who are in the midst of tragedy? Do you only think about your own troubles and problems?

Ask the Lord Jesus today to fill your heart with empathy for those who are walking through difficult situations. Learn to be salt and light as you carry their burdens and thus minister the love of Christ. ‬‬